Civil rights officers in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts governor is encouraging departments to adopt 4 recommendations made by the state’s hate crimes task force, as reported here. To improve reporting, agencies are asked to designate one of more “civil rights officers” as point persons to “serve as a community liaison and to participate in appropriate community outreach, to review incident reports for potential hate crimes, and to serve as a resource for your agency on any issues related to hate crimes.” Adoption of the IACP model policy, UCR reporting through NIBRS, and enhanced training are also recommended.


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